At Oral & Facial Surgeons of Illinois, our priority is ensuring the safety, comfort, and satisfaction of our patients. One of the ways we do this is by offering our patients a variety of options for anesthesia. Sedation can help patients relax and feel much more comfortable before and during their procedure. Our oral surgeons are highly trained in the safe and proper administration of all forms of anesthesia and can ensure you receive the best treatment.
At your consultation appointment, we will discuss all of your options and the details of each anesthetic. You can find general information about each choice below.
Types of Anesthesia
Local anesthesia is the most commonly recognized form of sedation. It numbs the gums, teeth, and surrounding area after being injected directly into the surgical site. Patients who receive local anesthesia will remain conscious during the procedure but won’t experience any discomfort. It’s also frequently used in conjunction with other forms of anesthesia.
Nitrous oxide is also known as laughing gas, and it causes patients to feel relaxed and helps with discomfort. It is administered through an inhalation device that fits over your nose. Nitrous oxide allows patients to maintain consciousness but are less aware of the procedure. Also, because of its quick-on and off effects, you can safely drive yourself and even return to normal activities after the surgery.
Intravenous (IV) sedation, also known as twilight sedation, puts patients into a state of sleep by administering a sedative through an intravenous line. With patients asleep during the procedure, they don’t feel any discomfort or anxiety; in fact, upon waking up from sedation, patients typically report feeling as if the surgery never happened.
General anesthesia is often necessary in complex surgical cases or for those who have medical conditions where sedation alone may be unsafe. At OFSI, we can bring a medical anesthesiologist into the practice to provide this service and often save the time and expense of going to a hospital outpatient center. With general anesthesia, patients are completely unconscious and unaware of the procedure being performed.
Anesthesia at Oral & Facial Surgeons of Illinois
Oral and maxillofacial surgeons undergo specialized education during their residencies that allows them to administer all forms of anesthesia safely and properly, all while performing your surgery. Our doctors have trained with board-certified anesthesiologists and can ensure you receive appropriate monitoring while you are under anesthesia. When you attend your consultation appointment, we can explain in more detail our qualifications and the effects of all anesthesia options.